Think about the importance of Miller’s narrative technique. Memories and illusions play a large role in the way the play works. How do they affect the structure of the play? In answering, think about the story-line, the interactions of the characters, but most especially the responses of the audience (in this case, yourself).
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The dominant emotion throughout this play is nostalgia, tinged with regret. All of the Lomans feel that they have made mistakes or wrong choices. The technical aspects of the play feed this emotion by making seamless transitions back and forth from happier, earlier times in the play. Youth is more suited to the American dream, and Willy's business ideas do not seem as sad or as bankrupt when he has an entire lifetime ahead of him to prove their merit. Biff looks back nostalgic for a time that he was a high school athletic hero, and, more importantly, for a time when he did not know that his father was a fake and a cheat, and still idolized him.